June 11-15, 2015
One of the best things about RVing is being able to connect with friends. Ronnie and Carol arrived in Moab the first week of June and shortly thereafter, so did their son Brad, DIL Kim, granddaughters Kaylee and Brooke and grandpuppy Derby.
|Ronnie and Carol relaxing on their site...#29, Portal RV.|
After encountering several more water flows like this, we made the decision to turn around.
|Bike Bridge over the Colorado at intersection of Hwys 191 and 128.|
Good decision...as we headed back to town, we were amazed at what we saw. By mid-day, Scenic Hwy 128 was closed due to mudslides!
What a difference a day makes! Loaded with water and snacks, we faced north in search of Dellenbaugh Tunnel the next morning.. Spring Bottom Road is a beautiful ride through some beautiful country. Because of the flashfloods the day before, the route thru the wash was iffy, and we missed the left turn out of it so we never found the tunnel.
We had fun traversing some slickrock...
|Brad, Kim, Kaylee, Brooke and Derby|
Our loop took us out via Mineral Bottom Road where we connected to Hwy 313.
We decided to try Gemini Bridges again and did it backwards starting at the entrance on Hwy 313.
|L to R...Kaylee, Kim, Brooke, Brad and Derby on one of the bridges.|
Ronnie and Carol treated us to ribs, salad and pasta for dinner. Yum-yum!
The next morning we decided on picturesque Schafer switchbacks from bottom (Potash Rd.) to top (Hwy 313) with a side trip to Musselman Arch.
|Kim, Brad and Derby enjoying the view.|
Our loop continued on Long Canyon from top (Hwy 313) to bottom (Potash Rd.).
The ride down into the canyon is spectacular. The flash floods from earlier had done quite a lot of damage on this trail.
Dee joined us for our next adventure...3-D 4X4 trail. On the way, we made a stop to check out some dinosaur tracks.
|Dee and Brad, Kim and girls|
Tracks made 112 million years ago.
Just like the day before, the trail had lots of damage. This fencing washed from the bank in the background...
|Dee and Brad scouting out the way to go.|
...and yikes! Where is the trail?
It is quite the view looking down into Hidden Valley.
|Brooke and Kaylee...what nice manners they have! We enjoyed your company!|
One last adventure was the first half of Fins and Things. This was a late afternoon excursion and I forgot my camera...sorry guys!
We enjoyed our time with the Greens. A great little family who we hope to meet up with again.
|Derby...what a sweetheart!|